A Freedom Hall Farewell


Four University of Louisville favorites saying goodbye to Freedom Hall tonight, but not to U of L. Two more regular season games, Big East tournament games, and NCAA tournament action still await Andre McGee, Terrence Williams, Earl Clark and Will Scott.

A farewell, but not a goodbye. Not just yet. They’re just leaving Freedom Hall for now, which makes it the end of an era. An opportunity to thank them for their contributions and for being a part of our lives. What the observer will miss when they are gone:

  • Terrence Williams — One of the most gifted players ever. His ability to blow the roof off Freedom Hall with awe-inspiring dunks. Willingness to learn. Sacrifice. Leadership. Engaging personality. Crazy sense of humor, having fun, making people laugh.
  • Earl Clark — Immense physical specimen with huge potential, largely untapped on offense but so obvious on defense and defensive rebounding. Unfortunately, the awkward passing and dribbling (covering my eyes). Occasional flashes of greatness on offense.
  • Andre McGee — An omnipresent force on defense, hounding, shadowing, getting in the faces of opposing guards. Setting an incredible example for his teammates. The smile, a player who always gives the team a lift, loving the school and the fans.
  • Will Scott — A determined but challenged guard with a good three-point shot, always catching up or getting pushed around on defense. The games his shot was a sure thing. Going to Oxford to study modern Chinese dialects.

They are not done, far from done. One would hope these guys are around for at least another month.

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Womens Tournament — The pairings for the Big East women’s basketball tournament were announced on Tuesday. For Sonja’s breakdown, go here.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “A Freedom Hall Farewell

  • March 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Well put. These guys have really become a part of us. Something special has to happen for them. Thanks Andre, T-Will, Earl and Will. We will never forget you. Put it on the line every game from here on out and something special can happen in 2009.

  • March 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Don’t know much about the recruits coming in but do know that they will have some HUGE shoes to fill. Really gonna miss this bunch, in so many ways. McGee commented on how they stuck it out, in spite of the difficulties, which reveals their heart. THAT is EXACTLY what UofL fans cherish. Thanks for the great effort, guys, and don’t be a stranger. We’ll follow your careers and you’ll always be welcome in the ‘Ville.

  • March 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Charlie – are you posting a link to the game on the web? It is not going to be shown in Washington DC and your link is very helpful.

  • March 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Cardjones, if it is available to me, I will post it. My source finked out Sunday. But I will certainly give it a shot.

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